Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps)

The University of Findlay's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a three to four-year undergraduate program conducted in cooperation with Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The AFROTC program emphasizes leadership, managerial skills, and the development of each student's sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility.  Upon successful completion of the AFROTC program and graduation from the university, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.

Findlay Undergraduates

Full-time Findlay students who are US citizens may enroll as cadets in AFROTC any time prior to the start of their sophomore years. UF cadets must find personal means to commute to BGSU to attend classes and leadership labs one or two mornings each week.  A requirement for physical fitness training is, for Findlay students, usually fulfilled individually and remotely using an honor and verification system.  All uniforms and AFROTC textbooks are provided, and scholarships in varying amounts as well as stipends are available on a competitive basis.

National Guard & Reservists

The Simultaneous Membership Program allows Findlay students who are current enlisted members of the National Guard or Military Reserves to participate in ROTC and prepare for commissions as officers in the Air Force.

Medical Professions

For Findlay students who pursue advanced studies for medical professions, the U.S. Air Force and its ROTC program provide pathways to commission as medical officers, competitive graduate study scholarships and stipends, and fulfilling careers.  

Military Service Commitments

Though Military Service Commitments are not finalized until successful program completion & grant of commissions, on-track cadets incur commitments generally after two years in the program. For freshmen and Sophomores, service commitments are not incurred without the award of scholarships.  Service commitments incurred also vary by major/career field; the average service required is about 8 years—10 years for pilots—with a combination of active and reserve status.

Overview of AFROTC Undergraduate Course of Study

Freshmen & Sophomores

  • Topics-military customs & courtesies, time management, communication, & teamwork. 
  • 2 credits earned per semester
  • Tuesdays @ BGSU Life Sciences Building:
  • 2 hours Leadership Lab, currently 7-9 am
  • 1 hour Class
    • Freshmen: Air Force Heritage & Values, currently 0930-1020
      • Fall Semester AERO 1110/Spring Semester AERO 1120
    • Sophomores: Air Force Team & Leadership Fundamentals, currently 1030-1120
      • Fall Semester AERO 2110/Spring Semester: AERO 2120
    • 3 Hours of Physical Fitness Training per week for Findlay students, individual work with verification
NOTE: by the End of the First Two Years, a Physical Fitness Test must be passed and various other requirements must be fulfilled, such as medical and background checks. Cadets are responsible for the completion of these tasks.

Summer before Junior Year

  • Two weeks at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama
    • Topics-military leadership & discipline, officer education, marksmanship, survival, combat, & physical training.

Juniors & Seniors

  • Topics-leadership & management training, communication skills, national defense policy
  • 3 credits per semester
  • Thursdays @ BGSU Life Sciences building
  • 3 hours of classroom work in the morning, times to fit cohorts’ schedules.
    • Juniors: Leading People & Effective Communication
      • Fall Semester AERO 3110/Spring Semester AERO 3120
    • Seniors: National Security/Leadership Responsibilities/ Preparation for Commission
      • Fall Semester AERO 4110/ Spring Semester AERO 4120
  • Tuesdays @ BGSU Life Sciences Building
  • 2 Hours of management of leadership labs.
  • 3 Hours of Physical Fitness Training each week for Findlay students, individual work with verification

Interested Findlay students

Please contact the BGSU UFROTC Detachment 620 at 419-372-2176, by email at [email protected] , or visit their website for more information on eligibility and requirements or to schedule a visit to the detachment.